Keating Chambers works with nine other sets on mentoring scheme for underrepresented groups at the Bar
Date: 23 July 2021
Keating Chambers is delighted to announce that the mentoring scheme for underrepresented groups at the Bar has expanded to include four more sets of Chambers for 2021-2022.
The purpose of the scheme is to support and encourage individuals from groups which are underrepresented at the Bar of England and Wales (and in particular the commercial bar) to pursue careers as barristers. Those underrepresented groups include women; people from minority ethnic backgrounds; people with disabilities; LGBT+ people; people who spent time in care; and people from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds.
In the scheme’s first year, over 400 applications were received and 150 mentees were matched with mentors. Following the expansion of the scheme, the participating sets are now (in alphabetical order):
- Blackstone Chambers
- Brick Court Chambers
- Essex Court Chambers
- Fountain Court Chambers
- Gatehouse Chambers
- Keating Chambers
- 7 King’s Bench Walk
- Monckton Chambers
- One Essex Court Chambers
- 3 Verulam Buildings
The scheme will run between October 2021 and May 2022. It is open to all undergraduates and graduates from groups that are underrepresented at the Bar of England and Wales (and in particular the commercial bar) and who do not yet have a pupillage offer.
Successful applicants to join the scheme will be allocated a mentor, who will be a member of one of the participating sets of chambers. As part of the scheme, mentees will be offered:
- Between three and five one-on-one meetings with their mentor.
- A workshop on applications for pupillage.
- Subject to developments in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, one or more social events for mentors, mentees and members of the participating sets of chambers.
Lucy Garrett QC, Head of the Pupillage Committee, said, “We are delighted to join this scheme to increase the number of barristers from underrepresented groups in practice at the Bar, and in particular the commercial Bar. Keating is committed to welcoming all candidates, whatever their race, culture, disabilities, gender (if any) and socio-economic background. If you are wondering if a career at the commercial Bar is for you, please do apply to this scheme. We are looking forward to getting to know you better.”
The application deadline to participate in the scheme has been extended from 6 September and will now close at midday on 20 September 2021.